It’s almost here! It’s almost here!
No one outside of Valve knows exactly when the lauded Steam Summer Sale will start, but there are signs that it’s soon. Mysterious Summer Claim Checks started dropping in Team Fortress 2 last week, and historically the sale starts on a Thursday in the first half of July. It seems fairly unlikely that Valve will start things up on a US holiday, so the smart money is on July 11th.
That means I’ll be out of town for most if not all of the sale but I have prepared by filling my Steam Wallet with the proceeds from trading card sales over the past few weeks. I’ve had good luck running the participating games for 30 minutes or so and just selling off all accumulated cards at a price designed to move. Regular cards were selling for an average price of .45, while foil cards sold for closer to $5 depending on the game. Overall I’ve made about $30 for the Steam sale, which isn’t a bad deal by any measurement.
(Note that I haven’t looked at the market since the trading card program left beta — prices are probably a lot lower now with the increased availability.)
There were no new cards released this week, and Steam observers seem to think this means we’ll see a trading card mini-game with the Summer Sale, much like last year’s “Summer Camp Tickets”. I’ll miss all of that, but thanks to technology and good friends there are four potential sale titles that I’m definitely not going to miss out on if the price is right.
Yes, creator Phil Fish is kind of an idiot and definitely a troll, but I am still going to play FEZ. I like the idea of the game’s visual puzzles, and I want to know what all the fuss is about. FEZ is $9.99 on Steam at full price, but I’ll pay $4.99 for it.
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
Monaco has a single player mode, but it’s the co-op that interests me the most. Up to 4 players pick a crime archetype like the Lookout or the Pickpocket, and work together to pull off the perfect heist. A 4-pack of Monaco is $11.25 per person at full price, but I’ll pull the trigger on the pack at $6.99 per person.
Kerbal Space Program
KSP looks super finicky and super nerdy, the kind of game where math or at least an understanding of real life physics wouldn’t hurt. Also, Kerbals are adorable! I am going to blow them up! I’m more curious than excited about this game, so it will have to see a pretty deep discount from the regular price of $22.99 for me to get it. Maybe $5.99 or so?
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Last year’s AAA hit becomes this year’s discounted sale title. There are aliens, Canadians, and turn-based fights — what’s not to love? The regular Steam price is $39.99, but I will pay a robust $9.99.